It finally happened.
I got a speeding fine in a 40 zone.
How long ago did the NSW government bring them in? My memory is fuzzy, but it feels like at least two or three years, ever since some kids who didn't look before crossing came into contact with a driver not paying attention, and we all got shafted over. I am, of course, talking about the forty zones around schools, and which, between 7.30 and 9.00 and 2.30 and 4.00, require you to slow down to a crawl so that you don't accidentally hit a child who runs out into the street, perhaps while chasing a ball. For the first year that this was in place, everyone in Sydney, including children, laughed at this law, but then the government went and got annoying about the subject, and put in speed cameras in the area, thus enforcing the new rule. My daily amusement of frightening kids while doing fifty or sixty in a suburban street was now gone, I am sad to report, and I had to return to sitting stationary in a backstreet and selling them drugs, as per usual.
Anyhow, unfortunately, I don't really pay attention to schools as I drive, and these forty zones can kind of sneak upon me (or you). More than once, I've found myself having to suddenly slow down so that I don't get caught by the camera.
Way I figured, it was only a matter of time.
Shame that it cost me 135 dollars to be proven right. Perhaps ironically, I was caught doing 51, which was my attempt last week to dramatically stop the car before the camera as I entered the zone.